What is the issue?
The Qld Labor Government has rushed through vegetation management legislation and regulations in respect of the Great Barrier Reef – vilifying farmers and graziers
Why has the Government introduced these changes?
What do we want?
We want certain and long term legislative and regulatory frameworks that deliver good environmental and agricultural outcomes based on proven science – allowing production of Australian food and fibre on land allocated for agricultural purposes.
Did you know?
- Land is developed for cities, towns, infrastructure, industry and farming. Only 13% of Queensland has ever been developed
- 87% of Queensland remains undeveloped.
- There is 1 farmer for every 277 people in Qld
- Qld ag supports over 300 000 jobs.
- The State Government’s 2016 data shows that tree coverage in Qld has increased by almost twice the size of the ACT in just three years.
- Qld is 173 million hectares in total – In 2015/2016 vegetation was managed on just 0.23% of Qld’s area – less than 1/4 of 1%, the vast majority being regrowth.
- There are over 14 million hectares of national park and nominated conservation areas in Qld – the area protected increased by 3 million hectares in 2011-2015 and now covers 8% of Qld.
- Every year we are losing farmland, to urban encroachment, to conservation, to offsets, to mining and renewable energy, to infrastructure and industry
- Vegetation legislation in Qld has had 18 changes since 1999
- The new vegetation management and Great Barrier Reef legislation places blame squarely on agriculture
- Cattle grazing, cropping and horticulture have become an Environmentally Regulated Activity (ERA)
- Farmers and graziers across 42 million hectares are being affected
- The legislation is based on modelling, not science, and will not achieve desired results. Alternative frameworks would produce better environmental and agricultural outcomes.